Spohr: Piano Sonata; Rondoletto; Onslow: Piano Sonata; Six Pieces; Toccata / Howard Shelley, piano

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Sonata for Piano in A flat major, Op. 125
>Spohr, Louis : Rondoletto for piano in G major, Op. 149
>Onslow, George : Sonata for Piano in C minor, Op. 2
>Onslow, George : Pieces (6), for piano
>Onslow, George : Toccata, for piano, Op. 6
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Howard Shelley continues his appraisal of a composer who in his lifetime was classed with Mozart and Beethoven, and enjoyed international fame and admiration. Shelley is a master of the Classical-Romantic style and in his hands the music of Spohr, heard very little today, reveals a freshness and excitement that is utterly beguiling. Spohr's Piano Sonata and Rondoletto are paired with works by George Onslow, Spohr's exact contemporary. Both composers wrote very little piano music and this release comprises all their major works for the instrument. Again, music to charm and delight is rediscovered through Shelley's expert performances.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Shelley plays this music with consummate artistry, making light of its technical difficulties and investing it with all the Romantic charm and ardour it needs. It's captured in excellent quality sound.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The impeccable sound quality and informative booklet notes in French, German, and English are an additional testament to Shelley's dedication. His effort to advocate what feels like rather unassuming music is admirable and has produced a persuasive recording performed with sensitivity and attentiveness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011).



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Works Details

>Spohr, Louis : Sonata for Piano in A flat major, Op. 125
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Spohr, Louis : Rondoletto for piano in G major, Op. 149
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Onslow, George : Sonata for Piano in C minor, Op. 2
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1807

>Onslow, George : Pièces (6), for piano
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Onslow, George : Toccata, for piano, Op. 6
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1810